Space News Archive
18 August 2015, 07:39 AM ET
Every space-exploration mission could soon by manned. That's the vision of SpaceVR, a startup that aims to launch virtual-reality cameras to the International Space Station, the moon, Mars and anywhere else that spacecraft may travel in the future.
18 August 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The upcoming addition of a private inflatable "room" to the International Space Station could help pave the way for colonies on the moon and Mars.
17 August 2015, 05:39 PM ET
"Star Wars"-themed lands will be added to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts — located in Anaheim, California, and Orlando, Florida, respectively — Walt Disney Co. representatives announced at the D23 Expo 2015 over the weekend.
17 August 2015, 03:50 PM ET
This stunning image of a purple and gold aurora was taken by Jason Matias at the Wild Horses Monument on the Columbia River Gorge in Washington.
17 August 2015, 03:49 PM ET
Astronaut Scott Kelly's imagery of Earth and Space from the International Space Station has been nothing short of extraordinary. They've been posted to his Facebook page, with personalized short descriptions since the beginning of July.
17 August 2015, 03:30 PM ET
After nearly 20 years gazing at the sun, the SOHO spacecraft is about to spy its 3,000th comet.
17 August 2015, 01:39 PM ET
After two giant explosions in Tianjin, a black plume of smoke snaked over China's Bohai Sea.
17 August 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Bow, arrow, milk ladle or teapot — the constellation called the Archer appears as many things besides, and you can find it down near the southern horizon this week.
17 August 2015, 12:48 PM ET
Forty-five years ago today (Aug. 17), the then-Soviet Union launched Venera 7, a spacecraft that would eventually become the first probe ever to send data from the surface of Venus, if only for a few brief minutes.
17 August 2015, 11:28 AM ET
Space enthusiasts and sci-fi fans, rejoice: The space elevator may be one step closer to reality. A Canadian space company has been awarded a patent for a space elevator that would reach 12 miles (20 kilometers) above the surface of our planet.
17 August 2015, 10:10 AM ET
NASA's retired space shuttle Endeavour, on exhibit in Los Angeles since 2012, has been called back into service — or rather, parts of it have — for the benefit of the International Space Station. NASA will remove four water tanks.
17 August 2015, 07:20 AM ET
A tilted orbit and a thick atmosphere could help a distant super-Earth hold onto oceans of water, making it a possible location for life to evolve.
17 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The Cassini spacecraft will make one last close flyby of Saturn's moon Dione on Monday (Aug. 17), in search of clues about the moon's strange features.
17 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Something mysterious is happening on the surface of Pluto: No matter how much nitrogen the atmosphere releases into space, it's still chock-full of the stuff. New work examines the possible culprits for the stealthy nitrogen resupply.
16 August 2015, 09:40 AM ET
The discovery of a baby Jupiter could be an important step in rewriting the book on planet formation.
16 August 2015, 09:00 AM ET
NASA astronauts eat space-grown lettuce for the first time, and burying people on the moon gets easier — here are Space.com's best space stories of the week.
15 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
From the magnificent Milky Way to a tribute to Leonard Nimoy, don't miss these stunning space images.
14 August 2015, 05:30 PM ET
All of the images at the My Planet from Space exhibit, showing in New York until Sept. 9, were taken by satellites to help researchers diagnose the state of the planet. The exhibit's curator, Viviana Panaccia, wants its viewers to do the same.
14 August 2015, 05:22 PM ET
It's been a wild 2015 for United States weather, and more changes are afoot when El Niño takes hold in the Pacific, NASA said.
14 August 2015, 01:48 PM ET
SyFy Channel will launch TV adaptations of two epic science fiction books in December with two more in the works. The shows are 'Childhood's End' based on a novel by Arthur C. Clarke, 'The Expanse,' 'Gateway' and 'Hyperion.'
14 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Attempts to recreate the conditions surrounding Jupiter's Great Red Spot in a lab on Earth are helping scientists to understand the mystery of the enormous storm.
14 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Daily sunspot counts going back 400 years have been revisited by scientists who say the numbers aren't quite right, suggesting solar activity has not varied as wildly as previously thought.
14 August 2015, 06:18 AM ET
Located at the heart of a dwarf galaxy known as RGG 118, the black hole contains about 50,000 times more mass than the sun. It's therefore less than half as heavy as the second-smallest known supermassive black hole, researchers said.
14 August 2015, 01:18 AM ET
Matter and antimatter appear to be perfect mirror images of each other, scientists have discovered with unprecedented levels of precision, foiling hope of solving the mystery as to why there is far matter than antimatter in the universe.
13 August 2015, 11:02 PM ET
Scientists at the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, are developing a "gecko gripper" system that could help robots inspect and repair the International Space Station.
13 August 2015, 10:44 PM ET
Hoping for that Leia look without traveling to a galaxy far, far away? Or are you more the Chewbacca type? Either way, a new makeup line by Covergirl has you, well, covered.
13 August 2015, 05:15 PM ET
The agency performed a nearly 9-minute-long "hot fire" test of an RS-25 engine — four of which will power the core stage of the Space Launch System megarocket — at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi today (Aug. 13).
13 August 2015, 02:01 PM ET
Astronomers have detected the smallest alien planet yet to be directly photographed by a telescope on Earth, a methane-shrouded gas giant much like a young Jupiter. The planet 51 Eridani b orbits a star 96 light-years from Earth and resembles a young Jupi
13 August 2015, 01:20 PM ET
The X-37B spacecraft launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 20, kicking off a mission dubbed OTV-4 (short for Orbital Test Vehicle-4).
13 August 2015, 01:00 PM ET
The Björn Borg fashion brand's upcoming Spring/Summer 2016 (SS16) show is a tribute to Mars One, a privately funded project that aims to land four people on the Red Planet in 2027 as the vanguard of a permanent colony.